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Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:11

Sashihara Rino announces Graduation

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HKT48 manager/Team H member Sashihara Rino announced graduation during HKT48 solo concert at Tokyo Dome City Hall today (15 December 2018).

Sashihara Rino told the fans that she has planned for her graduation few years ago, she also announced her graduation schedule, she will hold her graduation concert at Yokohama Stadium on 28 April 2019, and Thanksgiving Festival at Marine Messe, Fukuoka on 28 May 2019.

Reference: Sashihara Rino's Tweet

Sashihara Rino is one of core members of HKT48 and AKB48 group, she won AKB48 General Election for fourth time (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017).

Sashihara Rino is not only a top member of an idol group, she is a popular talent in TV variety show industry, moreover, her leading and management skills are recognized by show business industry, she is appointed to be HKT48 manager, she is also the producer of Japanese voice address idol group =LOVE, invited to be the producer for Last Idol's sub unit, and chairman of Japanese idol event Tokyo Idol Festival (2017, 2018, 2019).

Sashihara Rino passed AKB48 5th generation research student audition and joined AKB48 in October 2007, and made her Theatre debut in March 2008. She released her first solo single "Soredemo suki da yo" in May 2012. Sashihara Rino was transferred to AKB48 sister group HKT48 on 16 June 2018. 

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  • Comment Link Merlion 48 Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:41 posted by Merlion 48

    Next year HKT wouldn't have a good year with it prominent member gone it popularity will slide and it election results might be bad. Kodama should return ASAP to help miku in this time of trouble

  • Comment Link Jolly_Roger Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:52 posted by Jolly_Roger

    Is she just graduating as a performing member but remaining as HKT manager? Or is she leaving 48G altogether?

  • Comment Link Tuberose Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:26 posted by Tuberose

    HKT is in danger with the absence of SakuNako and now that Sasshi is graduating. I was expecting Sasshi to stay until SakuNako return to HKT, hope Haruppi will come back soon and management push MioMeru again.
    Tbh without Sasshi, the whole 48G is also in danger rn. Hope Yukirin and Yuihan stay for at least 2 more years until 48G become stable again.

  • Comment Link namaewashiranai Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:40 posted by namaewashiranai

    hate to break it down to you. i doubt haruppi will ever comes back. even if she is. she wont be able to join ssk. i think she has mental issues and too frail to take the chance of dropped ranking (which is likely what will happen).so instead of bringin haruppi back with . they should re-push Mio or Meru.

  • Comment Link Conscious Pilot Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:11 posted by Conscious Pilot

    LOLOLOL- Wow this 2019 Election is getting more interesting every minute. 50-50 shot AKI-P lets IZ*ONE members be voted on- lol.

    I just laugh at how many people are lapping Minegishi to Graduation. Sasshi - whose next (Kashiwagi, Yokoyama, or Jurina).

    I don't have a bad thing to say about Sasshi & I like that she easily held off Mayu & Jurina just by fanbase alone. She's the heart & soul of HKT's early success. She's a team player & wasn't a spotlight hogger. She talked Paruru into staying at a crucial time. Sasshi is LEGEND- Not cause of her Election wins but by the quality of her character & how much she gave back to AKB & others. We can only hope that this Grad spurs on Haruppi to return from Hiatus & as it's 1st Original "Ace" leads HKT to greater things.

    Sasshi's example is how every #1 Rank should act. Except your #1 with pride & maturity but always present yourself as "Part of a Greater Team!"- I'm sure haven't seen the last of her.

    50-50 odds Jurina announces grad in 2019 BEFORE Minegishi does cause WHY NOT.

  • Comment Link Nae Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:18 posted by Nae

    HKT should really start announcing their new single, they cant just wait till harupii return but still be better if she returns. They will have to anyway since nako and sakura will not be with HKT all the time. 2018 is the year where a lot of the top 48/46G members (including Ikoma, Naachan, and Sayanee) graduates.

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:32 posted by Paul Cho

    @Conscious Pilot
    I am considering to delete your comment. well, if you want to discuss and share your feeling about Sasshi or HKT48, I'm fine, BUT you don't need to relate everything to another member you hate, Sasshi is a great woman, please.

  • Comment Link Momo Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:10 posted by Momo

    Sashihara blossomed after being placed in charge of the young HKT group. This may not have happened otherwise. What she lacked in leadership experience, she quickly made up for with a high level of motivation and determination. These two characteristics are the most important ones to become successful in any ambition. Sashihara developed an aura of confidence and competence which makes her stand out in the AKB48 family. She will certainly be missed. Maybe her departure will become an opportunity for another person to shine brightly.

  • Comment Link Strider Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:22 posted by Strider

    @Conscious Pilot

    "Sasshi's example is how every #1 Rank should act. Except your #1 with pride & maturity but always present yourself as "Part of a Greater Team!" "

    So you're saying this applies Acchan, Yuko, and Mayuyu. That they didn't act with pride and maturity and weren't part of the team. You really are just a shit poster that spends way too time jerking off to Sakura pics.

  • Comment Link Akai Seigo Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:54 posted by Akai Seigo

    It's the biggest news yet in Japanese entertainment and it's somehow the saddest one to end the year 2018.Not good for me and the fans,also the whole HKT48.
    @Strider,i second that.

  • Comment Link Hushr Jakobi Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:52 posted by Hushr Jakobi

    And here I am wondering why everyone (not even one negative thing to say) still have a very positive view of Sasshi besides her scandalous past.

  • Comment Link Joe Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:58 posted by Joe

    Sasshi is the best and like other top of the heap talents she will do well post AKS. I doubt we will be given the chance to miss her as I am sure she will have a steady stream of bookings for quite some time.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Saturday, 15 December 2018 17:23 posted by Tuberose

    @namaewashiranai well maybe, I do think Haruppi is kind of unstable and often placed under pressure (when her center spot snatched by Meru, Sakura's reputation that surpassed hers), additionally she seems afraid to let people down (like how strict she watch her diet and kinda obsessed with beauty). Nonetheless I like her as an idol, if she came back I believe her fans will also support her.

    @CP always looking for a chance to attack another members eh?

    @Strider: you forgot Neru and Rikahime, his another favs that he claimed should replace the center of their own group.

  • Comment Link Jsprite Saturday, 15 December 2018 18:28 posted by Jsprite

    @Strider LOL, You hit the nail in the head! That just about describes the not-so-conscious pilot.

  • Comment Link Jsprite Saturday, 15 December 2018 18:31 posted by Jsprite

    Much respect to Sasshi and all that she has accomplished with HKT and AKB in general. Omedetou & Arigatou for the memories!

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:56 posted by Paul Cho

    @mayuyu oshi
    I deleted your comment, because I don't know what you mean.
    @Akai Seigo
    Yes, it is. According to Japanese fans, they received Sasshi's graduation news from Yahoo! notice.
    @Hushr Jakobi
    I agree Graduation is not a bad news to the member. BUT... it is to 48G and HKT48.
    Personally, I think Neru's current position is fine.

  • Comment Link Jolly_Roger Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:56 posted by Jolly_Roger

    As long as someone can keep HKT afloat for 2 more years - and Sakura and Nako indeed return to Hakata - HKT48 may emerge out of all this upheaval even stronger in the long run.

    Because after 2.5 years of building a massive international fanbase with IZ*ONE (which I have absolutely no doubt they will) Sakura and Nako will bring their loyal legions over with them to HKT48. That would be the best scenario, let's hope for it.

  • Comment Link Joe Saturday, 15 December 2018 20:17 posted by Joe

    The only real scandal was the media for violating her privacy and publishing of intimate details of the private life of a minor, in america that is a crime. Her having a relationship was perfectly normal even if some might feel she acted inapproprate in it we ddn't have any rights to know anyting about it in the first place so the first shame is on those who judge. I am glad she didn't roll over and her courage and tanacity are the real mesure of her character. She is great I never waivered in my support for her because her actions and how she handeled the fallout only made me mre a fan.

  • Comment Link Hart Saturday, 15 December 2018 23:17 posted by Hart

    I suspect that Haruppi will be the next one to announce graduation. The pressure was too high on her since she was the first gen ace but lost to Sakura in the term of popularity. After Hanachan was introduced as the next gen ace, Haruppi felt that her time was already over and she was scared of dropping rank in SSK. I bet that management will try to push Hanachan again eventhough it wont earn better result. NakoMiku should be the next W center but Nako cant join till 2019.

  • Comment Link Jib Sunday, 16 December 2018 01:30 posted by Jib

    Theres the 5th gen members. Surely someone if not someone within hkt will rise up to become ace to ensure the safety of hkt.

  • Comment Link Conscious Pilot (Not one of the Cool kids) Sunday, 16 December 2018 04:40 posted by Conscious Pilot (Not one of the Cool kids)

    Whoa Whoa whoa Here... Language Mr. Strider (Family site HELLO!).

    My joke is about Minegishi NOT Graduating (yet) NOT Jurina- The Topic is Sasshi GRAD- I am on topic. With SKE being sold & J's absence from AKB functions it's reasonable to assume maybe she's going to dial-back the Idoling- Do you realize how Boring AKB & SKE would be without Jurina? Who I wanted her to Grad?? You people ASSUME too much! I'd like Sasshi to stay- why not?

    AS for "Sasshi's Example" (as a #1) that's merely a compliment - Every #1 brings something (a part of themselves?) to their reign yes? I Enjoyed Mayu's #1 (I'm a big fan of "KNP")- Acchan & Yuko did their things- No Complaints. I don't even know what Jurina did- I didn't watch (I was asleep). I don't even mention ANY other #1's- As an Idol who ranked #1 the most she was very gracious & down to earth about it- Can I not compliment someone??

    @Paul - Your site, Your rules - You think I'm a bad guy but you got Strider accusing another poster of pornographic acts & using Sakura to do it? I see the Mob mentality of SJW's has you scared. Enjoy your Blog. You clearly don't want ANY differences of Opinion AND everyone now imagines stuff I never typed.

    Why do you waste your time on this site? You've proven you are easily bullied- Enjoy your new friends. Enjoy your Jurina-Fest (if she ever comes back). You're ALL Hypocrites

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Sunday, 16 December 2018 05:11 posted by Paul Cho

    @Conscious Pilot
    I don't think you are a bad guy, I just say your post is inappropriate, you don't respect Sasshi, you want to mock Matsui Jurina, post your comments at another post, not at Sasshi's Graduation post, ok? She is a great woman.

    I am not afraid being bullied, it is an another issue, look, there are a lot of Matsui Jurina real fans in overseas fandom, I have to care their feeling and try to use very mild attitude without overlooking the facts (though some of them think they or their idol already being offended).

  • Comment Link Tuberose Sunday, 16 December 2018 06:17 posted by Tuberose

    @CP Paul is easily bullied? Paul thinks you're the bad guy? We are all respect him and thankful for him, and this very same guy literally defended you so many times and asked us not to push you too hard (

    Maybe you should stop drinking, think before commenting, stop being so sensitive and actually respect people. What's next, you will say we're pulling your leg again?

  • Comment Link Momo Sunday, 16 December 2018 11:46 posted by Momo

    @Conscious Pilot I agree with much of what you said. There is bullying going on here, and piling on, and fan wars. Kind of funny among just a handful of people. It's just a couple of people that are the main problem. I believe diversity of opinion is a good thing and not something to be targeted and stamped out. If that were the case, having reader comments would be a dull and pointless exercise.

  • Comment Link Miorin Oshi Sunday, 16 December 2018 19:34 posted by Miorin Oshi

    @Momo That was very well said, I agree 100%. Interesting, how all of cp's haters started piling on, even though cp never specifically mentioned Jurina.

  • Comment Link Remy Monday, 17 December 2018 00:34 posted by Remy

    I remember thinking "2018 was a heck of a year" then reminding myself it wasn't over yet. I can't imagine any one else is going to do anything dramatic but who knows anymore lol.

    What an idol though~

  • Comment Link yada Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:21 posted by yada

    and all the avocado has graduated...

  • Comment Link Joe Wednesday, 19 December 2018 10:45 posted by Joe

    I disagree with CP almost all the time but that is what makes commenting on this site fun - it would be dull if everyone agreed. Pushing buttions gives people the nudge to hop on and make a counter point or defend their favorites and show loyalty or even educate other fans with little known facts or remind them why so and so is worthy or not. As long as you keep it somewhat clean PG -13 and don't attack the commentor personally I don't think known lies or false facts is just bad form but being critical or pointing out negatves of a member or giving an opinion should be totally ok. But that is only my opinion, this site needs to be managed according to the moderators standards.

  • Comment Link Joe Wednesday, 19 December 2018 10:47 posted by Joe

    Sorry I mean it is bad form to lie or misinform - I started on one track and went another dirsction.

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